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26 Mar

Journey
Journey | Third Person, Zen, Adventure, Puzzle | 2012 | Site

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Journey is beautiful, Zen and reminds you of what it felt like when you were young experiencing the real magic of video games. I have never played another game like Journey. Each minute you are awed by what you see and experience. The game length also plays an important part in this. Journey is only about two hours, normally this would bother me, but it felt just long enough. I played through the entire game in one sitting. I wasn’t ready for it to be over and it felt just long enough. Thatgamecompany, who also developed the indie game Flower, developed Journey. They exemplify what independent downloadable games can be- Great games and works of art. The gameplay is simple. You can walk, jump and float when you are charged. Your only other skill is the ability to send out a beacon which is your name represented as a symbol that can charge certain elements in each level. There is a multiplayer element to Journey but it is completely unique. As you travel you will encounter other players. You cannot talk or write to them. All you are able to do is walk together or go your separate ways. It is really a beautiful thing. Once you have finished the game you see a list of everyone you encountered on your journey. It is a completely new and freeing way to play multiplayer. One final thought: One of my favorite moments in Journey happens while you are traveling through a sandy stage it begins to darken then slowly you realize you are underwater. It is beautiful and fluid and I literally had to stop and make my girlfriend watch how the level transpired. It was like nothing I have ever seen. Please play this game. It is beautiful and like nothing you have ever experienced.

Developer: thatgamecompany | Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Platforms: Playstation 3


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Top 5 Games of 2011

23 Jan

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Uncharted_3_Drakes_Deception
#5 Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception | Third Person, Action,
Adventure | 2011 | Site

What can you say? -It’s Uncharted. The characters and story are beautifully developed. You feel like you are getting to watch some old friends embark on an amazing journey. I loved the back-story which only helped to solidify your empathy for Drake and Sully. The controls are again spot-on. Naughty Dog is able to weave story and gameplay seamlessly together so well every developer should mirror it.Developer: Naughty Dog | Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Platforms: Playstation 3
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#4 L.A. Noire | Third Person, Action, Adventure | 2011 | Site
I love Rockstar Games and L.A. Noire is no exception. They did not develop L.A. Noir, that was done by Australia’s Team Bondi but it still has that Rockstar shine. This game is about story. The gameplay is great but takes a backseat to the storyline. It is an open world 1940s L.A. where through detective Cole Phelps you help to bring down a criminal enterprise. I spent hours upon hours getting 100% completion on this game and it was worth it. It is hard to watch dialogue in any other game and not compare it to L.A. Noire. They have raised the bar for character interaction in a video game.Developer: Team Bondi | Publisher: Rockstar Games
Platforms: Xbox 360, Playstation 3
, PC

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#3 Portal 3 | First Person, Puzzle, Platformer | 2011 | Site
Story and gameplay are in perfect harmony in Portal 2. The voice acting and writing is perfection and hilarious. Not in the way game dialogue can be funny but in the way a great movie or novel can make you laugh. The puzzle solving will bend your mind while carrying you through to the next level feeling like a genius.

Developer: Valve | Publisher: Valve
Platforms: Xbox 360, Playstation 3
, PC, Mac

batman_arkham_city
#2 Batman: Arkham City | Third Person, Action, Adventure
| 2011 | Site

You WILL feel like Batman. Whether it’s the power, the gadgets, the detective skills or most importantly the flying. It’s an open world game and when that world is Arkham City it is going to be interesting. The story is great for fans of the comics. You will encounter nearly all of the great villains in the Batman cannon. The amount of non-required content in this game is astounding. I can’t count the number of hours I spent collecting Riddler Trophies. However, simply soaring from rooftop to rooftop is what makes this game for me.

Developer: Rocksteady Studios | Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive
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Platforms: Xbox 360, Playstation 3
, PC
skyrim
#1 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim | First Person, RPG, Action
| 2011 | Site

Of course, right? Skyrim is a fantasy, first and third person player open world game that allows you to do pretty much anything. The Dragon and civil war storyline are fantastic but you will be lost in wondering, leveling skills and talking to people.  Skyrim is one of the best games in the past ten years and perhaps all time.

Developer: Bethesda Softworks | Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Platforms: Xbox 360, Playstation 3
, PC


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rage
#5 Rage | First Person, Action, Shooter | 2011 | Site
I only played this with Larry in Coop but it was a ton of fun. Problem solving together is a great way to spend the night together.

Developer: id Software | Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Platforms: Xbox 360, Playstation 3
, PC

portal_2_hers
#4 Portal 3 | First Person, Puzzle, Platformer | 2011 | Site
I only played this with Larry in Coop but it was a ton of fun. Problem solving together is a great way to spend the night together.

Developer: Valve | Publisher: Valve
Platforms: Xbox 360, Playstation 3
, PC, Mac

Alice_Madness_Returns
#3 Alice Madness Returns | Third Person, Adventure | 2011 | Site
Great game!! you can seamlessly move through the city and the fighting is so fun.  I love to play stealth and this game helped me hone my skills.

Developer: Electronic Arts | Publisher: Electronic Arts
Platforms: Xbox 360, Playstation 3
, PC

batman_arkham_city_hers
#2 Batman: Arkham City | Third Person, Action, Adventure
| 2011 | Site

Great game!! you can seamlessly move through the city and the fighting is so fun.  I love to play stealth and this game helped me hone my skills.

Developer: Rocksteady Studios | Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive
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Platforms: Xbox 360, Playstation 3
, PC

skyrim_2
#1 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim | First Person, RPG, Action
| 2011 | Site

Amazing!!! I’m a wood elf arch Mage!

Developer: Bethesda Softworks | Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Platforms: Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC

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